Peziza vesiculosa

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Peziza vesiculosa

January 1998. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Bladder Cup

Fruiting Body

Urn shaped, inner surface smooth, white then yellow-brown, outer surface white, then yellow-brown, scurfy, to about 10cm across

Flesh

Pale brown, thick, brittle

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On manure, rotting straw, and rich soil

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (20-24) x (11-15)µm2. Asci (320-380) x (18-25)µm2. Paraphyses equal, septate, slightly swollen at tips.

Edibility

Poisonous unless well cooked

Notes

Most Peziza species cannot be identified without microscopy. This species is often confused with P. repanda which can also grow on rotted manure. It is distinguished macroscopically by the urn shaped fruiting bodies, and the thick flesh

Additional Photographs

Peziza vesiculosa

2 May 2008 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin